San Antonio Suburbs: China Grove

China Grove San Antonio is a quiet, idyllic community of only about 1,200 people. This peaceful bedroom community is located in Bexar County, on US Highway 87, and comprises only about 4.1 square miles of land. The name China Grove probably came from an amateur botanist named Warren D.C. Hall who planted his land with citrus, roses, figs and Chinaberry trees sometime before 1840. The plantation was subsequently sold in 1843 to two business partners – one of whom was the future Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston. The Columbia Tap Railroad operated a depot out of China Grove until the early 1890s.

China Grove is located nine miles east of San Antonio and is a part of the San Antonio metropolitan area. It was settled around 1900 and has just a school, a church and a few houses in the 1930s. Although still a residential community with little commercial development, it has experienced steady growth since the 1980s.

China Grove is home to many families with children. China Grove is a popular choice for families, as it is virtually crime-free.

China Grove real estate tends to be more expensive than other communities within San Antonio. China Grove has a median family income of over $70,000, which is considerably wealthier than the average income in San Antonio. China Groves’ homes for sale are usually no less than $150,000, with the median home price being $164,000.

Very few rentals can be found in China Grove.


The commute from China Grove to downtown San Antonio takes about 20 to 25 minutes.


School District: East Central Independent School District

Schools: Elementary schools in the ECISD include Harmony, Highland Forest, and John Glenn Elementary. Middle schools include EC Heritage and Legacy Middle School while high school means attending East Central High School.